New Delhi: Khadi’s acceptance in various government offices is quickly catching pace, observed the Ministry of Micro, Small & Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) in a press communication, stating that the latest government agency to have adopted Khadi is the Delhi Police which is purchasing khadi silk saris for its women front desk executives at its establishments. The Khadi and Village Industries Commission (KVIC) has received a purchase order for 836 khadi silk saris worth Rs. 25 lakh from Delhi Police that will be supplied in less than two months.
The dual-tone saris will be made of high quality Tasar-Katia silk. A sample of the sari was provided by Delhi Police which was accordingly developed by KVIC and approved by Delhi Police. The saris will have a mix of natural color Tasar silk and pink color Katia silk.
KVIC Chairman Vinai Kumar Saxena said the latest purchase order from Delhi Police shows the growing popularity of khadi which will go on to strengthen khadi artisans. “Over the years khadi has become a trendsetter. Khadi is handcrafted and so it is the most comfortable fabric. Not only common people, particularly youngsters, but various government bodies too have adopted khadi. This is a big boost to our artisans spinning and weaving khadi in the remotest parts of the country,” said Saxena.
The Tasar-Katia silk saris for Delhi Police are being prepared by traditional artisans in West Bengal, the MSME Ministry said. Tasar-Katia silk is a dual-tone fabric made with a blend of Tasar and Katia silk. It is mostly woven by traditional artisans and is identified by its thick and heavy texture created by using two different threads of Tasar and Katia. Its rugged and rustic appearance but porous weave makes this fabric perfect to wear in all weather.
Earlier, KVIC entered into agreements with Indian Railways, Health Ministry, Indian Postal Department, Air India and other government agencies for supplying khadi products including bedsheets and uniforms. KVIC has been preparing uniforms for the crew members and staff of national carrier Air India. Khadi India has also designed and prepared uniforms for over 90,000 postmen/postwomen in the country which are now available online.
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